Foundation degrees are designed in partnership with employers, and offered in conjunction with Staffordshire University. They equip you with skills and knowledge relevant to your employment; integrating academic and work-based learning and allowing you to learn alongside your existing job. However, you may also undertake a Foundation degree when returning to work, changing your career or as an alternative to a full degree course. Full-time Foundation degrees are mostly completed within two years. All Foundation degrees offer a guaranteed progression route to at least one named Honours degree, most of which are available at Staffordshire University.
Higher National Certificates and Diplomas (HNCs and HNDs) are professionally geared to enable students to meet the needs of their chosen future employment. Study is either full-time or part-time. The course length will depend on the subject studied and can be from 12 months in the case of a full-time HNC to three years for a part-time HND. Students on our Applied IT HNC/D programmes are classed as joint Stoke on Trent College and Staffordshire University students, with access to the learning resources and social facilities at the University. Where the HNC and HND awards are currently awarded by Pearson, students are classed as Stoke on Trent College students only, and should apply direct to the College.
Level 4 Certificate
Level 4 Certificates are designed to improve your career prospects and are equivalent to the first year of a Foundation degree. On successful completion of the Level 4, learners can progress onto a Level 5 (Foundation degree) qualification or Level 6 BA (Hons) Degree.
Level 5 Certificate in Education (PCET) / Level 7 Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PCET)
The Level 5 Certificate in Education and Level 7 PGCE are professionally geared programmes to enable newly appointed teachers to meet the needs of employers and learners in providing education in the post-compulsory education and training sector (PCET). Students can be employed as teachers in an unpaid or paid capacity, but must be in a teaching role with full responsibilities for planning, delivering, assessing and developing learning programmes.
Study is either part-time over two years or ‘Accelerated’ part-time over 13 months. In order to study at Level 7 candidates must be graduates with a degree in the subject that they teach, usually with a 2:1 or 1st class honours. The programmes offer a progression route to at least one Honours degree and one Masters degree, most of which are available at Staffordshire University. Students on our Cert Ed/PGCE programmes are classed as joint Stoke on Trent College and Staffordshire University students, with access to the learning resources and social facilities at the University.
These are ‘bite-size’ units made up of one or more HNC or HND modules in a specialised field and can be completed in a much shorter time than a full degree programme. These are suitable for people who may just require one or two specialist skills but not a full higher education qualification, or for those wanting to extend their teaching qualifications and expertise.
Access to Higher Education
Access to Higher Education qualifications provide you with an ideal way of developing the skills necessary to progress to university, whilst studying subjects that are relevant to your chosen degree programme. Successful completion of the Access course will provide you with a nationally recognised qualification that is an alternative to the traditional qualifications required by universities.
A Foundation Year is an extra year of study at the start of a university course. It allows students who don’t meet the normal entry requirements for a degree course to fill in the gaps and go on to study a full degree. Each Foundation Year is an integral part of a specific honours degree which means once you have passed the Foundation Year you will progress directly onto Year 1 of the linked honours degree.